Instructions are an important part of daily life. They can help to keep us safe, learn how to do something or play a game. This week we have been finishing off our procedural writing and decided to put our shared writing into the form of a video. Students also had to work on their group decision making skills to organise who would do which job in order to produce the best video that they possibly could. Please take a look at our videos below -
This week we had a great time visiting the Maritime Experiential Museum to found out about the Silk Road. It was great to be able to see and touch some examples of things that people traded and really helped the children to further their understanding of exchange in the past. The children had a great time exploring the different countries that traded on the Silk Road and finding out what kind of things were traded. Here are some of the things the children found out -
Alex - "it was better to travel by boat than by camel because you can carry more things on a boat."
Miria - "animal money was made out of tin and it made them rich and gave luck and protected them from evil and the most popular shapes were crocodiles, roosters and crabs. People used it instead of money to buy things and the Malaysian King and Queen started using them in the 15th century."
Lana - "I didn't know that they also swapped dishes, material and jewels as well as food."
Mei - "people travelled to countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and India to trade."
Aditya - "India traded gold, saris and spices with other countries."
Take a look at our photos below -
It was wonderful to meet with you and the children this week to talk about how they have been getting on in Grade 2 so far. Most importantly though, I know that the children were very proud and excited to share with you some of the work that they have most enjoyed doing this year. The children all reflected on their time in Grade 2 and were able to identify areas that they feel they do well in and also think of goals that they wanted to set themselves. I will send these home so that when the children are doing their own learning at home, you can help them to think about these areas too.
Today, Grade 5 set up their own market stalls and we went to visit them. This was a great opportunity for the children to practise paying for things and trying to work out the change that they would get. We also thought about the cost of things. Did they think everything was value for money? It would be great for the children to continue to pay for things when they are out and about and to work out the change that they will get. These real life experiences really help to show the children the relevance of the learning they have done in the classroom. Take a look at the photos that the children made to record their exchanges-
Grade 2.2 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.
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